Computed Tomography (CT) module launched at the University of Leeds

The MSc Medical Imaging course has developed a new imaging modality module in response to the rapid growth and innovative technological developments in the field of Computed Tomography (CT).

In the last decade we’ve seen a very rapid growth in medical CT resulting in many innovative and sophisticated technological advances. These advances have allowed the development of many new clinical applications that are now routinely available for the diagnosis and treatment planning of patients. We have introduced this new module to expand our coverage of these important topics that were previously covered during our X-ray imaging module.

Dr Stephen Kengyelics - Module Leader

CT is an X-ray imaging technique that produces detailed cross-sectional images of internal organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. These images can generate 3D representations which can be viewed in a variety of ways that bring added clinical value.

CT imaging has many advantages that include: Rapid acquisition of images, a wealth of clear and specific patient anatomy data and a wide field of view.

 

Topics covered within the module include:

Basic Principles of Computed Tomography Imaging

  • Physical principles of computed tomography systems
  • Major components of a scanner
  • Operation of scanner and image data acquisition
  • Types of scanner (Helical/Spiral, Multi-slice, & Multi-spectral)
  • Image reconstruction methods
  • Image quality & patient radiation dose trade-off
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Advanced Computed Tomography Systems

  • Multi-slice CT
  • Evolution of multi-slice CT scanners
  • Dual-source CT scanners
  • Multispectral CT scanners
  • Cone beam CT

 

Clinical Applications 

  • Cardiac CT Imaging 
  • CT angiography 
  • CT fluoroscopy 
  • Applications in radiation therapy: CT simulation 
  • Breast CT imaging 
  • CT screening 
  • 3D and 4D CT imaging